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WEATHER FORECAST. mostly sunny, highest near Fair tonight, lowest about Friday and the outh)ok for Sat- some cloudiness and slightly with chance of afternoo,~ "Serving The Charles Town Ranson and Jefferson County Community Since 1844" TWO SECTIONS 1 1 Read By More Than 20,00{] People Every Week 95, NO. 32 WEST VIRGINIA'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER CHARLES TOWN, JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. VA. THURSDAY. AUGUST 6. 1959 COMPLETE I, OCAL NEWS COVERAGE PRICE 10 CENTS Town Racing Associat- and Charles Town Prop joined forces yester- August 5, and filed suit agai,nst the Corpor- Charles Town, Mayor Ni and tlhe eig~ht city of the su,it is to Circuit Court of Jeffer- review the legality of of the town in June of W~en the town purported Charles Town's two race- the corporate limits. learned last week thag intended to conCes.t the proceedings, b~t the riot filed until week. 0he tracks had plan- suits; bu,t since the been no determination t,he area sough~t to be facets wit'h staCutory re- ts as to size and popul- Uestion raised will pres- decided at t)he nex, t ~eg of tlhe Circuit C oupt of Co'unty which convene, Town Septemlber 15. nial Historical !t Goes On Sale leek In Coun r ~cial ,booklet o~he aniversary of the John aid at H,ar13ers Ferry will te next week according to W. Cavalier of Harpers ,~eral Chairman of t h6 I. The souvenir p~b,lica- tins pictures a~d ~write- Martins~burg, Charles ~ePherdstown and Har- V ~las t'he HCe Stc~y~of vri and the four-day pro e 50 page bookle~ sells lea a,nd will be awaila~ble restaurants, hotel's and lled Cross Looking For Beds, Mattresses For Stricken Butler Family Mrs. George Heidrich, executive secretaryof Jefferson County Chapter, Red Cross, announced Wed,nesday that the Red Cross is seeking four beds and mat.tresses for t~he Rev. and Mrs. Rodye H. Butler, and family whose home was destroyed early Tuesday morn ing vChen a tractor-trailer truck plunged into it. Mrs. Heidrich said either single or double beds or cots will meet each suit are substantia- the immediate needs-o,f tlhe faro- the two tracks jot,nedily and anyone having either beds a .single action, or mattresses, or bot'h and w~ho contend tha the would like to de;care them to this to be annexed are wor,thy cause is asked to call the in character" and tha't Red Cross office in Charles Town. Mrs. Heidrich s$id the beds and m,attresses are the only requests made for .household articles by the Butlers. Tag Da To Raise Funds For Charles Town High Football Camp Plans have been co,mgleted for ~tagJng a tag day on CLarles Town's downtown streets Satur- day as a benefit :to raise f,lnds for once agai0n taking candidates for the 1959 Charles Town High foot ball team to a football camp, it was announced t:his week. RiChard Harmison, head athle- ic coach at Charles Town High said in the pose several years ~at t, he foo~b:all team has been going to ~he 10-day pre-.~eason training camp ms, oh 'has been ~ccomplish- ed in ge0ting the team in top shape for tLhe early o pe,3ln.g of the ~'s~n. ~ ~t is~h~ped ~:h~ th~ ~ecessary ~funds can ,be ,aisea agai ~ this - year. Full details concerning the c~m.p will be announced later, it was stated. Carper Takes [Elmer Wageley Sells If Station . I Tw0 FarmsT0 French Carper, of Charles Town I Elmer R. V~ageley of Charles over the opera&ion and [Town, 'has entered into an agree- Lone o,f .the Gulf Service [ ment wibh Robert French, of ~Mont t ~t~he sout,hwest corner of [ gomery County, Md., w,hereby Wa "sect,ion of Nort~h Geo-]geley has agreed to co,nvey two ~t and North Street in ~ farms southeast of Charles Town P~wn. The business was [ to French. OWned and operated by [ 2~he sale is expected to be con- [O~mes whose activities[sum,ated in mid-August. Wageley n curt,ailed ,for reasons [will hold a public sale of personal [ pro,perry 1,a~ter t~his, an ad- .Yeas an em~ployee at the [ vertisement of which appears else [or a num~ber of years[ where in this paper. ak ng I over .the business.]French, it is understood, is a 1 he would continue 'the|farmer engaged in raising Hol- as usual with the sameIstein ca t.tle for dairy production~ Drive Started To Buy Police Car For Town Of Ranson A drive to raise funds 'to pur- Chase a police car for ,the town of Ranson is being initiated, it was announced today by l~anson's Mayor J. Kelly Lance, Jr. Mayor La,nee said tha.t while the project is not being sponsored by the Council, all Ranson officials as individuals, are backing t'he move and 'hope the people of Ran- son will be receptive to the pro- ject and contribute generously 'to i't. Ernest O. Siler, cashier of the Blakeley Bank & Trust Company, has agreed to serve a's treasurer of the fund, and all con;tributions are to be mailed to the "Ranson Police Car Fund" in care of Siler at the Blakeley Bank. Checks Ior the fund should be made payable to the Ranson Police 'Car Fund, Lance said. Although the need for a ;town police car in Ranson has been ap- parent for some time, because of the town's limited sources of re- venue, it has not been possible to budget for such a large expense. And also since the town's budget has already been prepared and approved for this year, i,t was not possible to allocate any funds in t:he budget for :this project, ~Mayor Lance sic,ted. In the past the ,town :has 'had a town policeman, but he has al- ways had to utilize his own pri- vate automobile in the performan- ce of his police duties, ~VIayor tan ce said. ,Mayor Lance said i .is ho,ped ,tha% several t~housand dollars can be raised by September so that the part-,time policeman which the town now has will no longer have to use 'his own automobile in performing town police duties. Charle s To Be Host To District Cabinet Meeting Aug. 8 The Charles Town Lions Club will be host to t~he first c~binet meeffng for Lions In,tern~ational District I and Lion Kenneth Frye~ ~f W~rde,nsvi}le, Distr~ct G~ver- nor Wfl{ preside.. Lions and gues~,s w~ll arrive Sat urday about noon and take in a few races la.ter in t'he M~ernoon 2~ey will leave by bus for B~llti- more to see the I~all game bet~ween he Baltimore Orioles and Cleve- land. The Cabinet me~in,g will be car The Cabinet meeting will be call ed a.t 9:30 in the Moose Home I)i,n .ing Room, while the Lions are in session the ladies will a~.tend chur ch and bake a shor~t sightseeing ,trip. The meeting will close with ,a luncheon. MASONIC LODGE TO HOLD FESTIVAL AT MIDDLEWAY tMembers of Masonic Trihiminar Lodge No. 117 of Middleway will hold a festival rain or shine in ~he Masonic Hall a~ Middleway, "August 22, beginning at 5 p. m. it was announced this week by T. J. Gruver. Mr. Gruver said t/he affair is being held as a bene~fi for 't~he building fund of the lodge. terian Church Ado Plans For ,gram; first time in over one Years the congrega,tion Town Pres~byer4an on August 2 to ac- of finanoing a program. At the meeting whie'h fol- 1:00 A. M. Worship ser decided to for a new addition to building which would the ends ,of the pres facing Liber.ty stree the pre~en~ educ- and fellowship 'cost o,f the remodeling is $150,- a.rehitect's ~nd engin- eerl,ng fees. The church will not employ a fund raising organiza,t- ion but will conduct it's own cam- p~ign for sacrificial g~fCs. The preser~t fellowship ball would be increased by fifcy per- cent. The main entrance to the edficational building would be fac ing Mildred Street. The Sa,nccu- ary would remain unchanged. There would be bea~bi,ful roof l~ines on the old bmlding (now a flat roof) whic)h would ma,tch the new and be in keeping wi,th the lines of the sanctuary. Three conditions are to be met before actual work is begun. Sev- en.ty-five thousand dollars will ,have to be accoun,ted for through cash pledges and other assurances ,Chirty-five ivhous~nd dollars vf ~he above amount mustbe in c~xh; ar rangemen.ts for finan~ag the pro posed indebtedness mus.t be made. Church officials sa~d the general spiri of the congregaional me~t- ins was excellent throughou,t. 2d- ter the chairman of the commi,t- tee, Harold Harr. had completed his report, the congreffa~i(~n ~ave a rising vote of thanks to the De- vel~pmen,t Program C'~ami~ee for i~ts fai.t'hful work during the past seven.teen months. Before ,the meeting was concluded the archl- Continued On Page 4 [n A RUDE AWAKENING--A min miles West of Charles Town. AI- of the home after it had knocked iter, his wife and five childrenthough neither the minister, hisout one entire side of the home. were brought to a rude awekeningwife, nor any of the five children The driver of the car which hit at 2:20 a. m. Tuesday morning suffered serious injury, the house the truck was critically injured, when a tractor-trailer truck, after was completely demolished at a but is showing improvement in being struck by a car, crashed in- loss of an estimated $15,000. The Baker Veterans Administration to their two-story frame home at above picture shows the cab of Center neax Martinsburg. Rippon on U. S. Route 340, six. the truck still in the front room (Photo by Tim Sinn One man was ci'i,tically injuredto Mr. Buitler and t'he children up '" a,nd a m,inister and his wife and stairs to see if t'hey were injured. ~rl~e T~uJR ~mt~|| five children escaped with only Mr. Butler led the children dow,n ~llg/l~] /VWll ~UMII~I! minor bruises and scratches a,t the stairs, but ~hen he could 2:20 a. m. Tuesday moming, w,hennot get the doors open. wi,th the ~w~A~e]e |~ ~|~ a travtor-*trailer plunged over an help of Fletcher he was able to a-^t~,uM~ LUte, ~'[~,[~,Hn~ em, bankment and the minis- break out windows and lift the ter's house after it had been children to safety. Halite Tn v N'oht[ sti-uck by an a obilo s The tru0k 0ame ..-.. -- Frida Route 340 at Rippon, the cab of t'he truck in t~he.dining , , Charles Town Sta~e Trooper A. room of the l~me and" witha.part .,Men~bers of the Charles Town J. Wade said Peachie Riley, 28,of the trailer hanging-part-w~y Council, meeting in regular sess- of Elmira, N. Y. is showing ira- Chrough the floor o{ the.fron part ion ~Mor~day evening voted ,to ex- provement 4n Baker Veterans Ad of the house." ........ te~d the oPera, riCh of downtown ministration~ Center where he Is ae~o, ~o s~.ciaon~ ~he B-.tleF paxk~ng ~me~ers on Fridays until being treaJed for fra~ares of both #~'2",~'~ ~': ~.~..,=~.,v ~,.~ ~;,~,:~t~ 9' p. m. instead of 6 as has been ~houlders, lacerations of tht head =~: .'i~..~f':[ ~p~"~.~,f,^".'~egi~'Y'te"m the policy. This action Council andr,face and concussi(xn. Riley '- feels will hel@ to provide more was the driver of the 1958 Ohev- poraruy. , .... parkkng space at ni~h't Cot Friday Trooper Wage sma acreage m nigl~t shoppers role~ ~hlch crashed into the trot- ~he house which was com~le.te has ........... " ............ tor-trailer truck. , ~ wa~ u,uus-z~ uu~ vnar most beech estimated at $1o,000. Da~mage The only other injuries in the car-~truck house coll,i'Mon were en- tirely of a minor nature with K. J. Fletcher of Rou~e 1, Waynes- boro, Va. receiving abrasions of t~he knees; the Rev. Butler, lac- e~aions of the ha~nd's and Mrs. Butler" abrasions of the forehead. The five children in the house, Sherman Dennis and Calvin Brown and Gladys and Ellamae Butler were not injured. Trooper Wade said Riley, stat- ioned a~ an Akr Force Base i,n N. Y. state, was travelling We~ on U. S. Route 340, enroate~, to Green ville, Va. ,to get h~s wife and take her back to New York with him. after 2 a. m. there was a slight drizzle of rain and Riley's car skidded on the highway and crashed into t~he Smith's transfer t~actor-trailer truck which was heading Eas~ .towards Charles TOWn. Fletcher, driver of the truck, said he saw the car head.rag to- wards him and in trying to avert the collision his truck went over an embankmen and crashed into ~he Butler House. Mr. and Mrs. Bu~tler and the five childre~ were asleep in t)heir home ~hen the accident occured. Mrs Butler said she awoke just a short time before the accident oc- curred and when she it was rai,n- ing she came downstairs to take the clothes off tthe line. "Before I got ou,t the back door, the crash c~me," Mrs. Butler said. "I fel~t t~he ceiling raining down on my head and I made it to tlhe door.'" The truck driver climbed from t~e truck and immediately called to alley's car .amoun'ted to about $2,000 and to the traotor-,trailer truck abot~t $3,000. No charges have been placed in the acclden,t since lnves.tiga~ion has not been completed Trooper Wade said ..... Will Hav ces As ature Of Fair , On Saturday Afternoon i An added a,ttraction to .the pro gram of the Je2fers~n County Fair this year will .be two pony races to be staged Saturday afternoon. Sept. 5. it was announced today by P~lr officials. The first race will be open to ponies under 48 inches in heigh and the second one for ponies 48 to 50 inches tall. Only the first ten entries in each division will be accepted. All riders must be under 16 years of age and no ckild may ride ~ighout written consent of Parents vchiCh will be submitted on a staCe men,t to be prepared by the Fair Board. Due to storL~ge of stable space, ponies will be permitted on the grounds only during ~he after- nooa of this ,even.t. All entries must be s]bmitted-' to the Pair Secre.tary N, Clark Purr, August 25. Prizes will be awarded the win- ners. ! Year;Is ! A budget .for estimated e~pen- 28.8c to 26.0c. dltures of $1,021,425.85 for oper- a, tion of t,he Jeffersori Cou,nty School system during the current fiscal year was given preliminary epproval by the Jefferson Coun.ty Board of ~.ducation in session Tuesday eevning as one of a num ,ber of matters handled by the Board. This total is $21,434.54 over the $999,991.31 figure of the past year. The anticipated regular state aid ~moun.t of $585,7"/1.00 is some $6,824.00 over he 1958-59 ~igure. .~nd the $15,147 increase in Fed- eral aid $his year over last. will make sp Che increase budgeted for this year, t'he levy estimate shows. Also helping to offset ,the some ~9,000 decrease in estimated re- ceipts of ~he school-,board, will be the $29,000 uddl.tional money to be raised by levy of ,taxes. The levy estimate also shows the rate of the levy on the co~mty school bond imteres and sinking fund ,has dropped from 7.2c in Class I to 6.5c; from 14.4c on Class 11 property 'to 13.0e; from 28.8c on Class III proper~y to 26.0c and on Class IV property from In other action Tuesday night the board set the schedule for the "opening of schools for the Fall term, with August 31. being set as the date when teachers and prin- cipals of the schools will meet and organize for the new year. , Students Will begin moving back into the classrooms on Sep- tember 1, with the exception of Wright Denny and Charles Town Junior High School. Announce- ment on plans for the Fall open-, lng on those two schools will be made later, Superintendent of Schools T. A. Lowery said. T~he board avcepted the resigna tion of Gertrude Kerr. who ha~ beech teacheing a the Ranson El- ementary School; and af George Kerr. of ,the faculty of the She~: antioch Junction School. They plan ~o go ,to Florida o reside. Li~e Miller was named ,to re- place Mr. Kerr at the Shenan- doah Junction ti~chool, and LUille Cole c4 Princeton, a gradua,te of Concord College, A,thens. was nam ed to the Ra,n.~n school post. on the s~hool buses and other mc A contract for the insurance Continued On Page 4 downtown stores now remain open ur~tll 9 p. m. each Friday night and with the parking meters not in operation may ,park their cat~ d~.wn,town for several ~hours at a time, this limiing parking space for ~o,ppers. The .meters 'have al- .ways be~n in operation on 1,ate hours on Saturday nlJh,t and now witch .t*he }ate Friday night hours i't is felt by Council~,that the than ge will accomodate more shopping. It was also reported to Council t'h~t negota~ions with the .town ~f P~anson ,for 'the leasing of their water franObAse are progressing ~,nd ~h~t a ,pla,n of agreement .which is being prepared by t~he a- torneys of the ,two 'towns is expec- ,ted to be ready for consideration ~.t a meeting August 17. Onl'y payment of hills, a,pproval of a humber of building permits and other minor routine ma, tters were handled by Council at this mee~ng. Collection Saturday IAon,s Scrap Paper collection will be held Sa.turday, August 15 The club appreciates all those who have patronized this project, by having their papers out so the col lectors can see i,t and the o,'aes who have been kind enough to bring their own paper to the Rewaxd will be paid to any per- son for any information pertain- |ng io a one quarter inch Craft- roans Electric Drill. allegedly stol- en from Robert Hughes. He ac- cused me of stealing this drill. I am being held i_n $500.00 bond for action of Grtmd Jury. Any infor- marion pertaining to this drill. being offiered for sale or pawned. )lease contact me at once. PAUL B. EASTERDAY Telephone 522 Charles Town, W. Va. iug. 6-It-pd. FP LAWN SUPPER August 7th at 4:00 at the Miil- ville Methodist Church, Millville ham and turkey supper. Price $1.25 adUlt~ and .65 children. Pony ~ides. Sponsored by the W, S. C. Aug. 6.-ltFP COUNTRY HAM & ROAST TURKEY Supper, Mlddleway Me- thodist Church, August 8 at 5:00 P. M, Adults $1.25 Children .60 cents. Aug, 6-1t-FP ATTENTION---FREE GAS THE RANSON ATLANTIC SER- VICE STATION ton the Ranson Circle) WILL GIVE AWAY l0 Gallons of Gasoline to the lucky winner each week. Drawings on Saturdays at 2:00 P. M. WADE BENNETT R. M. SMITH, Distributor, May 22'-tf.--1~ Taking an optimistic view of the $31.000 In Street Funds prospects of rece~wng an addition A total of $15.000 has been set al $50.000 zn revenue as a result aside in the budaet for construe- of the $250 per day Lax levied on tion of these new streets and re- the two race tracks whit~h became palr.~ r~o others, phls some side- effective July 1. members of Char walks in the new seetmn of Char- les Town Council adopted Tuesday lea Town. And in addition to this the largest budge'[ in the history program in that section of Charles of Charles Town. The record bnd- Town. Council has also allocated get for Che current fiscal year another $15.821.76 in another calls for expenditures of $124.013. street fund to be used this year 76 as against $71.791.08. the a- for materials, supplies and street moun~ set u,p m the 1958-59 bud- repairs m other parts of Charles get. This means about an 80-per Town. Thus the record sum of cent increase m the municipal ex $31.321.76 allocated to street work penditures this year. in Charles Town generally is more Street repairs, always the most than six times the $4.762 carried flexible hem ~,n any town's bud- in last year's budget. get. will get a big slice of the extra Another sizeable increase not.ed financial plum anticipated from in this year's budget is in salarie~ the race tracks. And the City of the Police Chief and personnel Fat'hers say they are going lo nf the police depar[.ment. A,n addit s,pend a sizeable part of the in- tonal $7.500 has been allocated for crease .in areas which only recent this department with $24.500.00 ly became a part of Charles Town. having been budgeted as against For instance Howard Sechrist. $17.000 for last year The City ~hairman of t~he Council street Fathers report that since plans committee, reports plans are al- are to provide police protection ready underway for the openkng for the new section of Charles of .Morison street all the way from Town. it will be necessary to have where it now stops at Forest Ave- more policemen and certainly hue to U. S. RouCe 340. Brook more equipment for the police de street .will also be opened from pai tme,nt, thus the addi.tional Hunter street through toCMorison .money will be needed. Council al- Avenue, And Forest Avenue will so .added an extra $500 to the fund be repaired as will Hale Road, for new equipment for the police HunCer street and t,he north end department. of High street. The latter street] Council repoz, ts that limited pel is the section which leads into the i ice protection is already being pro new Charles Tow,n High School. t tided in the new section and that The .plans also include repairs to.tthis service will be expanded in the section of Fift~h Avenue be-idue time. tween ~t, he Ranson ,boundary lineI The budget also shows the gen- and the entrance to Shenandoah l eral expe~nse account of the police Downs z ace track. -_ I Contin e_On Page 4_-A Seven Hurt, Two Seriously, $25,000 In Property Damage In 11 Accidents in County t )r In one weeks time Jefferson County State Police have investi- gated 11 hig~hway accidents in vch~ch seven people were injured, l any of t~he eleven which occurred. I Details o~ this accident are cov- [ered in a separate .~to~ywit~h pic ture. cwo seriously and 14 cars, twoI The lates.t of the series of ac- trucks and one dwelling were dam [ ciden,ts to occur was at 1' l0 Wed- aged to the e~tent of $25,000. This | nesday after,noon on U S Route was the somewhat dismal picture[34{} a'bou.t t~o miles" West of {~ which has been pain.ted on the [Charles Town i county's hig.hways du~ng the per~ tod of Wednesday July 26 and l1956 i ui'c " ei22 'S'1 I~1~ tll|V El L~L~Wt~L 111 5 noon thi Wednesday " " I Charles Town by Carroll Lee Eller. Of course one accident i,n which~53, Dayton, Va. crashed into the a car tractor-trailer truck arid[back end of a 1954 Chevrole.t d, welling .was involved early Tues ~ being driven in the same direction day m.orhing on U. S. Route 340. [by Sanford E. Grand~.taff. 48 of a Rippon, provided about $20.000[Route'~ 1, Skyesville, Md. Grand- ~ of the total damage, and thts ac-]staff suffered a minor neck injury, il cident was by far the worst of TURN TO PAGE 6-A ~:, New AtHi , ' N~ L.:> .--< ~. .... ::i::.: !ii WILLIAM S. ( BILL * BURKE ASSISTANT COACH Assist;trig wi,tCs all of the coach- Ing duties at Harpers Ferry High S~hool when the Fall s~hool term l~pens in September wi,ll be Wil- am S. ~ Bi,ll) Burke who was n~amed to a teac.hing-coach,irtg va cancy a~ the Jeffersc,n County School recently wi,th the resignat- :on of Guy Tucker w~ho had be@n head coach at Harpers Ferry for nine years Burke was graduated fr~m Fort Hill High School, Cumberland. Md. in 1951. While in high school he played b~sebal] and was mana- ger of the Sentinel foot,all team. He. seated in .the U. S. Marine Corps from Feb. 6. 1953 until Feb. 5, 1955. In 1956 he e,nrolled at Fairmont State Teachers College where he was a member of the Col lege baseball team and athletic pu, bl,icity director, sports editor of the school newspaper and where he coached intr,a-mural,l foo,tbal]. basketball and soccer chan~pion- ship teams. He is a member ~f the Zeta Signm FraCerni.ty, is ~ngle and ~s a mem'ber of Pairmont P~st No. 17. American Legion. He a, lso hel,ped to coac~h l~arminlman I-Eg~h's baseball team while doing student~teachi,.~g there. At the presen Burke is residing wi~h his mother Mrs. Helen L. Burke in Ctm'tberland. He plans to come to Harpers Fer~y about Aug. 17. RONAI,D K. RICE HEAD COACH ~ Cand~d~wtes for the 19~9 14arners Perry High S~,hool f.-)ot~tll ream will find an entirely new coachin~ ~+Rff on han~ to ~reet t,hem whon fihev report for t,heir first nr~etiee t.he re-suP of both Guy Tu.cVor and C, lenn Gainer leav}ng Harper~ ~errv to accept teac~|ng and oo~cl}ing logs elsewhere. And on b,~nd t.o take over the head coac~ in~, job at t~he Jefforson Coun{v qeboo] will be Ronald K. Rice of Reltm ~4 Va. who was armointed ~v t'he 3effe~on Cou,n~v Board of Ed,tcatton some time a~o. . l~ce. a ~raduate of I~tPon I~lgh Svhool in Kan~vIm County, was graduated Mst M~y from W. Va. Teoh where he majored in phy ~cal educ~tlon and maCnematics. Wh~le at I)pPon~t H|~h he ,~tarred In football, baske.t~all and track, At We~t ~trginia Tec~ he pallet- pc.ted in football and was co-cap- tain of las~ year's Tech baseball team. He was a member of the P.4 Delta Fraternity and Fi Ba:tar Ca par Men's mock honorary fra~er- n,ity. He is 22 years old. ~ng'le and this vxtll be his first co~ehin,g a~- sign, merit, He will come to Harper~ Ferry a:bou, t August 15.